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Herbertville ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.4

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Herbertville Surf Guide

Herbertville in the Waiararpa is an exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights as well as left and right hand reef breaks.. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips and rocks.

Herbertville Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Herbertville:

The best conditions reported for surf at Herbertville occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Herbertville (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Herbertville with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 31% of the time in April while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Herbertville Location Map

Interactive Herbertville surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Herbertville is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 85 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Herbertville is Masterton Airport (MRO), also in New Zealand, 97 km (60 miles) away.

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Herbertville Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 11:43 Local Time
Monday 12
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 10
N 10
NE 15
NE 10
Wind State off cross-

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Swell History at Herbertville

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Wind History at Herbertville

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Herbertville Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.4
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s54.5
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Steve Norman from New Zealand
“In your accommodation for Herbertville you say there is no accommodation indoors which is wrong there are batches and caravans for rent at a good price at Herbertville motor camp also there are at least six houses for rent down sea view road and accommodation at sheep stations. I come from Herbertville and these little coastal towns rely on the right information so if you could put that right it would be helpful THANK YOU

[Editor's reply. Thanks for writing Steve. These views are user submissions and for Herbertville it shows that 2 users rated the break and they thought there were plenty of options, scoring it 5. I have surfed there a few times back when I lived in Wellington. We camped, but there were a few other options, but it's not exactly bursting with hotels and hostels like Waikiki beach, so 3/5 seems about right.]”

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.